My mom sews. She supported us for a while doing wedding parties (bride, bridesmaids, flower girls, mother of the bride, christening gowns, etc) and such. She made most of my and my sister's clothes for years, as well as our doll clothes (anybody else have My Friend dolls? they had patterns galore!). I did my first hand sewing at six and had my first machine at seven, basically so I'd let my mom sew in peace while I was workin on my own stuff.
In jr.high we had to take a home ec class, half of which was sewing. I finished the project in the first week, and then worked on something from home, or helped classmates wind bobbins and etc to keep them going.
I'm glad that I learned young, as now, when I have time, I can do a lot of what my mom did. I make my kids' jammies, my dd's dresses and pants/shorts...it's nice to have the skill!